Disguised men use weapons in Leeds bank robbery

Two men wearing disguises and carrying a handgun, sledgehammer and crowbar have robbed a bank in Leeds.

Police were alerted to the robbery at Barclays Bank, Manor House Street in Pudsey, on Tuesday at about 1130 BST.

The men wearing a balaclava and Halloween mask entered the bank and threatened staff. A female member of staff was punched in the face.

The men managed to steal a substantial amount of money before leaving the bank from a back door and being driven off.

'Violence and intimidation'

Police said the robbers had been driven off by a third man in a blue/green BMW 320i which had been waiting behind the bank.

The vehicle, which was carrying false registration plates, was found in Longfield Court, on fire, a short time later.

Det Insp John Dexter, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "This was clearly a well planned attack on the premises by robbers who were prepared to use violence and intimidation to get what they wanted."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police.

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